Brunswick County is going to be reimbursed nearly $1.3 million for public safety measures taken after Hurricane Florence, Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and the state announced Monday.
Funds are to reimburse the county for taking action to reduce public safety threats after the hurricane such as repairing water line leaks, supplying generators to support critical utilities and feeding emergency workers.
This new funding added to the previously approved $12.5 million brings the total for Brunswick County Hurricane Florence-related expenses to more than $13.8 million.
Public assistance is a cost sharing program. FEMA’s share for this project being more than $1 million and the state’s share more than $347,000.
FEMA reimburses applicants at least 75% of eligible costs, and the remaining 25% is covered by the state. The federal share is paid directly to the state, which disburses funds to agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs.
FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants for state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to reimburse the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent repair work.